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The Best Movies About Tragedies  

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List Rules Vote for your personal favorite tragedy films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

A list of all the best tragedy movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. To see a more general overview of dramas currently streaming, go to The Best Dramas on Amazon Prime and The Best Drama Films on Netflix

This tragedy movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director, and more. This list of tragedy films also contains tragedy movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This tragedy films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best tragedy movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This tragedy movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Vote for your favorite movies by giving them a thumbs up.

List of tragedy films includes tragedy movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. These films are all horribly tragic movies, so you can choose the best examples of tragedy here. Lots of them are tragic love movies, if you're into tragic romance, which if you're here, you probably are. This includes golden age tragedy movies as well as some great modern-day tragedy examples. Though modern tragedies don't really seem to carry as much weight these days unless they're tragic films about someone you already know is going to die from the beginning of the movie. 

These are the top films in the tragedy genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the tragedy genre in it. Be it the motifs of the tragedy genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

Make sure to give movies you favor (like Yousuf Khan Sher Bano or Distant Journey) a vote. If we missed any tragedy movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous tragedy movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about tragedy movie lists. You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the tragedy movies. List includes photos and tragedy movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

Strauss: Elektra and La Bamba are included on this list along with many more.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these tragedy movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good tragedy movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest tragedy movies, here is the full tragedy movies list, ordered from best to worst.

John Gielgud and Bill Colleran have both directed Tragedy movies, as have many other great directors.

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Hamlet is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Christopher Lee, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons
Hamlet is a 1948 British film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, adapted and directed by and starring Sir Laurence Olivier. Hamlet was Olivier's second film as director, and also ...more
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Ran is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Tatsuya Nakadai, Susumu Terajima, Jinpachi Nezu
Ran is a 1985 Japanese-French jidaigeki epic film directed and co-written by Akira Kurosawa. The film stars Tatsuya Nakadai as Hidetora Ichimonji, an aging Sengoku-era warlord who decides to ...more
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La Bamba is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Lou Diamond Phillips, Joe Pantoliano, Brian Setzer
La Bamba is a 1987 American biographical film written and directed by Luis Valdez that follows the life and career of Chicano rock 'n' roll star Ritchie Valens. The film stars Lou Diamond ...more
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Terms of Endearment is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, John Lithgow
Terms of Endearment is a 1983 comedy-drama film adapted from the novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry, directed, written, and produced by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine, Debra ...more
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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal
Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Noah Wyle, Jena ...more
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The Wolf Man is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Bela Lugosi, Claude Rains, Lon Chaney
The Wolf Man is a 1941 American drama horror film written by Curt Siodmak and produced and directed by George Waggner. The film stars Lon Chaney, Jr. as a werewolf named "The Wolf Man" ...more
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Love Story is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Tommy Lee Jones, Ray Milland, Ryan O'Neal
Love Story is a 1970 romantic drama film written by Erich Segal, who also authored the best-selling novel of the same name. It was directed by Arthur Hiller and starred Ryan O'Neal, Ali MacGraw, ...more
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End of Watch is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
willfarr27 added Anna Kendrick, Jake Gyllenhaal, America Ferrera
End of Watch is a 2012 American drama thriller film written and directed by David Ayer. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as Brian Taylor and Miguel Zavala, two Los Angeles Police ...more
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Revolutionary Road is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates
Revolutionary Road is a 2008 American-British drama film, based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Richard Yates, directed by Sam Mendes. This is the second collaboration between Leonardo ...more
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Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander
Jacob's Ladder is a 1990 American psychological horror film directed by Adrian Lyne, written and produced by Bruce Joel Rubin and starring Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña and Danny Aiello. ...more
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Titus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Titus is a 1999 Italian-American-British fantasy thriller film adaptation of Shakespeare's revenge tragedy Titus Andronicus, about the downfall of a Roman general. Starring Anthony Hopkins and ...more
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a 2007 musical slasher film directed by Tim Burton. It is an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Tony Award-winning 1979 musical ...more
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Bicentennial Man is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Robin Williams, Sam Neill, Oliver Platt
Bicentennial Man is a 1999 American science fiction family comedy-drama film starring Robin Williams. Based on the novel The Positronic Man, co-written by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg, ...more
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World Trade Center is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Nicolas Cage, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello
World Trade Center is a 2006 disaster drama film directed by Oliver Stone and based on the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Center. It stars Nicolas Cage, Maria Bello, Michael ...more
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Endless Love is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Tom Cruise, Brooke Shields, James Spader
Endless Love is a 1981 romantic drama film directed by Franco Zeffirelli starring Brooke Shields, Martin Hewitt, Tom Cruise in his film debut, and James Spader in his second film role. The ...more
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Throne of Blood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Isuzu Yamada
Throne of Blood is a 1957 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film transposes the plot of William Shakespeare's play Macbeth to feudal Japan, with stylistic elements drawn from Noh
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Carlito's Way is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Mahers added Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen
Carlito's Way is a 1993 American drama film directed by Brian De Palma, based on the novels Carlito's Way and After Hours by Judge Edwin Torres. The film adaptation was scripted by David Koepp. ...more
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Man on Fire is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
rob6239 added Mickey Rourke, Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning
Man on Fire is a 2004 American thriller film and the second adaptation of A. J. Quinnell's 1980 novel of the same name; the first film based on the novel was released in 1987. The 2004 film ...more
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Dark Victory is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Ronald Reagan, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart
Dark Victory is a 1939 American drama film directed by Edmund Goulding, starring Bette Davis and featuring George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, Henry Travers and ...more
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Chinatown is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
nick-reddoch added Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski
Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski from a screenplay by Robert Towne, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. The film was inspired by the ...more
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Hereditary is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff
Hereditary is a 2018 American horror film directed by Ari Aster. As an overwhelming terror takes over their household, the Graham family's peaceful existence is ripped apart, forcing their ...more
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Hold Back the Dawn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
Olivia de Havilland, Paulette Goddard, Charles Boyer
Hold Back the Dawn is a 1941 romantic film in which a Romanian gigolo marries an American woman in Mexico in order to gain entry to the United States, but winds up falling in love with her. It ...more
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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
nick-reddoch added Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers
The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, ...more
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Maze Runner: The Death Cure is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
MaryannBarboza added Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Maze Runner: The Death Cure is a 2018 American dystopian science-fiction action thriller film directed by Wes Ball. In the conclusion to the Maze Runner trilogy, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) leads his ...more
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Tristan & Isolde is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movies About Tragedies
James Franco, Henry Cavill, Mark Strong
Tristan & Isolde is a 2006 epic romantic drama film based on the medieval romantic legend of Tristan and Isolde. It was produced by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott, directed by Kevin Reynolds ...more